Amid the stirring rumors of delayed release dates and insufficient part supply, there’s still a lot of hopeful chatter that the iPhone 5 could be released as early as August, September, or October of this year.
The August release date seems a lofty wish, especially among rumors there’s a processor shortage for the newest iPhone. The part in question is the 28-nanometer chip. Qualcomm, the chip’s vendor, has tried to quell concerns of the shortage by stating the issue was being addressed and the company was confident it could meet high demands.
In addition to Qualcomm’s reassuring comments, Chinese website Taobao has begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 5 and sources report Pegatron has begun production for the new smartphone. If these rumors ring true, optimism for the August release date may not be so ambitious after all. Paul Briden from KnowYourMobile has specifically cited August 7th as the official release date for iPhone 5. Although citing an anonymous source, Briden seems confident in his anticipated release date.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst who has accurately predicated Apple announcements in the past, is targeting early September as the big iPhone 5 birthday. However, chief editor of ZDNet, Larry Dignan, predicts an October release date for the smartphone; a safe prediction based on the concerns that Qualcomm and their 28nm chip supply may be strained before and after Apple’s upcoming release.
Another important, albeit not as popular, consideration is how expensive iPhone 5 will be. With carrier contracts the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models were all closely, if not exactly priced. 16GB models were priced at $199 and 32GB models were $299. 64GB models dropped in price with the iPhone 4S, running at $399. It may be safe to expect similar price ranges for the iPhone 5 but even safer to assume slightly higher price tags due to advanced additions and adjustments.
Whenever it’s released, the iPhone 5 is speculated to be slimmer and offer a larger screen with a more resistant glass. A redesigned camera and smaller dock, a larger battery, a repositioned headphone jack, and bigger, louder speakers are all expected to be unique modifications for iPhone 5. Unsurprisingly, a “tear drop” shape is also speculated, following the design of its bigger cousin MacBook Air. Unlike its predecessors the iPhone 5 will house the new iOS 6 interface technology. A smarter Siri, more helpful maps, and a FaceTime compatible with cellular networks are only a few of the exciting interface improvements. Although the wait for this highly anticipated wonder machine has been long, energetic Apple lovers will most likely be iPhone 5 owners by this fall.